We are happy to keep bringing you Hugs Across America news, highlight activities of our volunteers and create a fun place for our visitors, supporters and friends of our mission.
Arkansas and Tennessee were hit particularly hard as more than 12 tornados destroyed hundreds of homes, college dorms, nursing homes and the lives of over 50 people. The Hugs Chapter in Little Rock, Arkansas, led by Amber Clark of the "Blackheart 13" Sorority, is mounting a drive to get the hundreds of teddies needed to comfort children effected by this emergency. She shared her request for bears with the viewing audience of Channel 4 News and has already received a wonderful response. The American Red Cross of Little Rock, through the efforts of Bridgett Williams, will be providing the first response avenue for the teddies to reach the children whose homes were destroyed. They are requesting 1500 teddies...if you can spare a new teddy, please contact Amber at
There are lots of wonderful ideas out there that help families and kids. This one started by the Port Washington library staff, combined many aspects of family health as well as provided information and experiences that ease anxiety for young children. Doctors from the local hospital showed children hospital proceedures with teddy bears while ambulances, fire engines and police cars were all available for a visit. Children wrote out tags for Hugs, planned to bring new teddies to school for a collection drive to help kids in crisis, listened to teddy hearts and fixed "boo boos", while parents became familiar with organizations in the community that help children. A wonderful effort and lots of good will...would this work in your community?
Take a look at this video! Thanks to the inginuity of our Nebraska Chapter. Yeah!
The Music Institue of Long Island performed a Holiday Concert to benefit Hugs Across America. The performers ranged in age from 6 years to 14 years ... of course they were joined by a couple of delighted adults, as well!
The effort was an effective fund raiser and an opportunity for the youngsters to show their remarkable talent. To those of us who attended the event, it was a wonderful and joyous begining of the Holiday Season. Blessings to all ...and a very happy New Year!
Take a look, they make beautiful music!